OGDEN -- Customers looking to mail letters and packages Monday were met with long lines as the United States Postal Service experienced its busiest mailing day of the year.
"We had a line this morning waiting for us," said Paul Shupe, manager of customer service for the Ogden Main Station at 3680 Pacific Ave. "We're usually busy this time of year."
Two million holiday cards and packages were expected to be mailed out nationwide Monday, which equaled long waiting times for those looking to deliver their holiday packages.
"People are trying to send everything out today," Shupe said. "We usually have very long lines."
The post office provided extra staffing Monday for the shipping surge, including more clerks and open windows. They also try to take people out of lines who aren't mailing anything, but may be at the station to pick up mail or for other business.
Shupe said people can do several things to avoid long lines this season if they haven't sent their packages yet. He said to avoid peak times, such as during lunchtime, which tend to be very busy. He also said the clerks see a rush when the office first opens as well.
He also said several stations have automated postal centers, which help customers avoid the lines waiting for a clerk. The computer system leads customers through the process, weighs their packages and administers correct postage.
USPS also offers online shipping through usps.com. Customers can print postage and shipping labels directly from their computer. The Postal Service offers discounts for shipping online, as well as free package pickup.
The Postal Service expects to deliver 16.6 billion letters, packages and cards between Thanksgiving and Christmas, including 830 million pieces on Monday. Their busiest delivery day will be Wednesday.